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Kristin joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in October 2017 as the Operations Manager. She attended the University of Virginia where she studied Psychology and developed a passion for volunteering and social justice. After taking a year off to waitress and think about what she wanted to do for her career, Kristin moved to Baltimore to serve as an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at Rebuilding Together Baltimore. She then worked for a year as the Program and Outreach Coordinator at Yachad, another affordable housing non-profit, before returning to RTB full-time. In her free time, Kristin enjoys hiking, baking cupcakes, and stopping to pet puppies.
Shortly after graduation from Georgia Southern University, Derek served as a Corps Member for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Pacific Region in Sacramento, CA and as Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in Atlanta, GA. After AmeriCorps, Derek moved to New York City where he began working for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation as Communications and Development Associate, then as Communications Manager for the 2020 Census project. Derek moved to Baltimore, Maryland and joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in June 2021. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and traveling.
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Gail joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in March of 2012, a few months after retirement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Looking for a rewarding volunteer job where she could continue to be of service, Rebuilding Together Baltimore was a perfect fit. Prior to joining RTB, she held a position as a clinical pharmacist at the VA hospitals in Perry Point and Fort Howard, MD, as well as Memphis, TN, Richmond, VA and Buffalo NY, where she earned her pharmacy degree in 1972. Currently she lives with her husband, Perry Evans, and rescued Shih Tzu dog, Murphy, in Parkville, where she stays out of her husband’s hair by enjoying scrapbooking, trips to New York with friends and gardening.
Bonnie Bessor joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore as Executive Director in 2004. Immediately prior, she worked at Associated Catholic Charities as a development officer for homeless service programs in Baltimore. She has also worked in housing and poverty advocacy organizations as a legislative advocate, community organizer, AmeriCorps program director, and volunteer manager. She began her career by serving people with chronic mental illness. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Weinberg Fellows Program, an intensive leadership training program for nonprofit executives.
During her tenure at Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Bonnie has been instrumental in growing the staff, budget and services of the organization. Bonnie has been honored as one of Baltimore’s Top Neighborhood Moms and also recognized as Executive Director of the Year by her peers in the Rebuilding Together affiliate network. She is active in her community association and lives in Baltimore City with her husband Les and their rescued animals, Dobby the dog and Blaze the cat.
Repair and Renovation Manager
Christian joined Rebuilding Together in September 2019 as the Repair and Renovation Manager. Christian graduated from McDaniel College in 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Not long after, he moved to Baltimore to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity. After two years, he took a full-time position with Strong City Baltimore as a community organizer working along the York Road Corridor. Christian is a proud Baltimore City resident and lives in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside with his partner, Amanda, and two dogs, Romeo and Gus.
AmeriCorps Project Coordinator
Chalonda joined Rebuilding Together Baltimore in January 2022 for her AmeriCorps term. In 2017 she obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services from Walden University. She was born in Washington, DC but relocated to Harford County, Maryland. Most of her professional career has been spent with the Georgia Department of Human Services doing casework. She loves learning new things, especially about different cultures. Outside of work she loves to cook and make candles.
Dobby the Mexican Hairless (official breed name: Xoloitzcuintli) was adopted by Executive Director Bonnie Bessor and her husband in June 2019. Dobby is a delightful little guy who gets lots of snuggles and love in the office. His main hobbies are dancing and napping.